Volunteer with Us

Volunteers are the heart, soul and muscle of Habitat for Humanity.

Our houses are built and remodeled largely with volunteer labor, enabling Habitat homeowner families to purchase decent, quality housing at an affordable price. Volunteers play a crucial role in staffing our ReStores, which sell donated items and therefore provide revenue to support Habitat’s work. Our Habitat Young Professionals and Habitat Youth Ambassadors provide opportunities for youth and young adults to raise money for, and build, a Habitat house.

See below for information about year-round opportunities for individuals.  You can also view a list of upcoming volunteer needs at our volunteer sign-up site.

If you are interested in bringing a group of volunteers, please contact Debbie Cesta to find a time when your group can volunteer.

Construction

When most people think of volunteering for Habitat, they think of hammering nails and raising walls on a construction site. Building or remodeling a home alongside other volunteers – and even a future Habitat homeowner — is an impactful and sometimes life-changing experience. It’s also a great opportunity to learn skills that you can apply around your own home!

Corporate partners and faith organizations who send groups to volunteer often say their employees built a spirit of camaraderie and teamwork along with a house. A team exercise like working on a Habitat build site:

  •     reduces barriers of communication
  •     provides recognition that no task is so trivial that it isn’t important
  •     teaches tolerance and acceptance of different work styles
  •     allows discovery of new skills

Construction volunteers must be 16 and older. No construction experience is necessary. Constructions times are generally 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesdays through Thursdays and on Saturdays.

We particularly need volunteers on weekdays!  

Please go to Volunteer Hub to sign up. If you wish to bring a group, please contact Debbie Cesta to find a time when your group can volunteer.

If you DO have experience in construction or home repairs, we are looking for individuals who can extend the capacity of our staff by joining our Cornerstone Team:

  •      Undergoing special training in order to manage teams of less experienced volunteers on work sites, with supervision and advice by our construction staff
  •      Performing repairs for seniors and veterans in our target neighborhoods with staff oversight
  •      Help prepare worksites during the week in preparation of weekend volunteer groups

Cornerstone members develop a kinship with a purpose as they become regular volunteers helping advance Habitat’s mission. These volunteer positions are important to our success.

For more information about these two opportunities for more skilled volunteers, please e-mail Joe Brown, or call 336.765.8854, ext. 103.

Construction

When most people think of volunteering for Habitat, they think of hammering nails and raising walls on a construction site. Building or remodeling a home alongside other volunteers – and even a future Habitat homeowner — is an impactful and sometimes life-changing experience. It’s also a great opportunity to learn skills that you can apply around your own home!

Corporate partners and faith organizations who send groups to volunteer often say their employees built a spirit of camaraderie and teamwork along with a house. A team exercise like working on a Habitat build site:

  •      reduces barriers of communication
  •      provides recognition that no task is so trivial that it isn’t important
  •      teaches tolerance and acceptance of different work styles
  •      allows discovery of new skills

Construction volunteers must be 16 and older. No construction experience is necessary. Constructions times are generally 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesdays through Thursdays and on Saturdays.

We particularly need volunteers on weekdays!  

Please go to VolunteerHub to sign up. If you wish to bring a group, please contact Debbie Cesta to find a time when your group can volunteer.

If you DO have experience in construction or home repairs, we are looking for individuals who can extend the capacity of our staff by joining our Cornerstone Team:

  •         Undergoing special training in order to manage teams of less experienced volunteers on work sites, with supervision and advice by our construction staff
  •         Performing repairs for seniors and veterans in our target neighborhoods with staff oversight
  •         Help prepare worksites during the week in preparation of weekend volunteer groups

Cornerstone members develop a kinship with a purpose as they become regular volunteers helping advance Habitat’s mission. These volunteer positions are important to our success.

For more information about these two opportunities for more skilled volunteers, please e-mail Joe Brown, or call 336.765.8854, ext. 103.

ReStore

We could not keep the ReStore open without our amazing volunteers.  When volunteering in the ReStore, you might help with accepting, moving and preparing donations for the sales floor while also assisting ReStore staff and customers.

Volunteers may assist with the following:

  •         Merchandising
  •         Display maintenance
  •         Customer service
  •         Customer assistance
  •         Inventory management
  •         Product sales
  •         Product pricing
  •         Stocking shelves*

*Denotes a responsibility that requires you to lift or push up to 50 lbs.

Volunteers take on a wide range of responsibilities and are vital to keep the ReStore operating as a successful retail outlet. The ReStore welcomes volunteers of all ages, and youth ages 14-15 are able to volunteer when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

All prospective ReStore volunteers are required to attend an orientation before serving with us. Orientations are held most Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. at the Habitat affiliate office – 1023 W. 14th Street (Winston-Salem) at the corner of University Parkway and 14th Street.

Please register for any upcoming volunteer shifts and orientations here.

RESTORE

We could not keep the ReStore open without our amazing volunteers.  When volunteering in the ReStore, you might help with accepting, moving and preparing donations for the sales floor while also assisting ReStore staff and customers.

Volunteers may assist with the following:

  •         Merchandising
  •         Display maintenance
  •         Customer service
  •         Customer assistance
  •         Inventory management
  •         Product sales
  •         Product pricing
  •         Stocking shelves*

*Denotes a responsibility that requires you to lift or push up to 50 lbs.

Volunteers take on a wide range of responsibilities and are vital to keep the ReStore operating as a successful retail outlet. The ReStore welcomes volunteers of all ages, and youth ages 14-15 are able to volunteer when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

All prospective ReStore volunteers are required to attend an orientation before serving with us. Orientations are held most Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. at the Habitat affiliate office – 1023 W. 14th Street (Winston-Salem) at the corner of University Parkway and 14th Street.

Please register for any upcoming volunteer shifts and orientations here.

Court-ordered

If you are required to complete community service hours mandated by the court system, you are required to bring a court-ordered placement sheet with you. If your attorney recommends that you complete community service prior to court, you are required to bring a letter from your attorney stating your charge. We do not accept the following charges: theft of any kind or violent crime.

Contact Debbie Cesta, Corporate and Volunteer Engagement Manager, at 336.306.8419 prior to starting your hours.

Court-ordered

If you are required to complete community service hours mandated by the court system, you are required to bring a court-ordered placement sheet with you. If your attorney recommends that you complete community service prior to court, you are required to bring a letter from your attorney stating your charge. We do not accept the following charges: theft of any kind or violent crime.

Contact Debbie Cesta, Corporate and Volunteer Engagement Manager, at 336.306.8419 prior to starting your hours.

MEAL PROVIDER FOR SERVICE-MINDED STUDENTS

Each year, Habitat Forsyth hosts numerous teams of college and high school students and youth groups through Habitat International’s Collegiate Challenge Program. The program provides students with an alternative break experience: a weeklong trip to a Habitat affiliate, usually in another state, to work on building or remodeling houses. Collegiate Challenge offers an education of a different kind – a hands-on opportunity to learn how decent, affordable housing builds strength, stability and self-reliance for families. No experience is necessary.

Habitat Forsyth is one of Collegiate Challenge’s most popular affiliates, chosen by groups as far away as Iowa and Canada. The warm welcome our students receive from the community, as well as the convenience of our Jimmy Johnson Volunteer Lodge that can house up to 40 students at a time, make Forsyth County a favorite destination.

If you would you like to provide a meal – home-cooked or otherwise – for visiting students, OR if you are a student or advisor interested in visiting Habitat Forsyth through Collegiate Challenge, contact Debbie Cesta at 336.306.8258.

MEAL PROVIDER FOR SERVICE-MINDED STUDENTS

Each year, Habitat Forsyth hosts numerous teams of college and high school students and youth groups through Habitat International’s Collegiate Challenge Program. The program provides students with an alternative break experience: a weeklong trip to a Habitat affiliate, usually in another state, to work on building or remodeling houses. Collegiate Challenge offers an education of a different kind – a hands-on opportunity to learn how decent, affordable housing builds strength, stability and self-reliance for families. No experience is necessary.

Habitat Forsyth is one of Collegiate Challenge’s most popular affiliates, chosen by groups as far away as Iowa and Canada. The warm welcome our students receive from the community, as well as the convenience of our Jimmy Johnson Volunteer Lodge that can house up to 40 students at a time, make Forsyth County a favorite destination.

If you would you like to provide a meal – home-cooked or otherwise – for visiting students, OR if you are a student or advisor interested in visiting Habitat Forsyth through Collegiate Challenge, contact Debbie Cesta at 336.306.8258.